Asked on Feb 17, 2019

How do I prevent black jeans from attracting lint?

by Judithsaragelt

I have a black jeans lint problem. One pair of black jeans attracts a fuzzy layer of lint as well as normal dog hair, etc. This denim is for some reason far worse than any other I own, and I can't even wear them out of the dryer! I attempted dryer sheets and a roller afterward, but I hate the fine, white build-up. Any ideas for how to stop jeans from collecting fluff?

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  8 answers
  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Feb 17, 2019

    Try some Static Guard and carry tape with you to get the fuzz off lol!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 17, 2019

    I have had pretty good luck with the bounce dryer sheets, but I agree that black jeans do still tend to attract dog hair more than any others they are like hair magnets. I use the adhesive rollers just before I leave the house. We have four dogs and two cats, so we always have hair everywhere no matter how hard you try to clean it up and keep them brushed. It always seems they like to rub against you just as you are ready to go out of the house.

    • Judithsaragelt Judithsaragelt on Feb 17, 2019

      I will try the bounce sheets. Some black denim seems to be worse than others. I just wondered if somebody had the miracle secret!

  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 17, 2019

    Have you tried washing them inside out?

  • Judithsaragelt Judithsaragelt on Feb 17, 2019

    Not yet. But I will!

  • Amy Amy on Nov 09, 2019

    I’ve had the same problem. In desperation I used a “wet one” (baby wipe) one day and it helped. I’ve always heard using a damp washcloth will help get pet hair off furniture. So the baby wipe would be the same premise. The baby wipe did help gather all the fine lint, which doesn’t really get picked up with the lint rollers.

  • Kstippes Kstippes on Dec 08, 2019

    MY TIP: If you are away from home and somehow end up with pet-hair-covered black jeans, don’t panic! Let me help you get rid of that embarrassing look. All you have to do is head to the nearest restroom, go to the sink and run your hands under water. Shake them once or twice and then run your hands from top to bottom down the front of your pant legs. The hair will roll up under your hands easily so you can just throw it away. Repeat the process on the sides and back of your jeans and you’re good to go!

  • Amir Hyman Amir Hyman on Jan 03, 2023

    Here are a few tips for preventing black jeans from attracting lint:

    1. Avoid wearing your black jeans with clothes made of materials that are prone to shedding lint, such as wool or polyester fleece.
    2. Avoid washing your black jeans with clothes that shed lint, as the lint can stick to the jeans in the wash.
    3. Use a lint roller or tape to remove any lint that may accumulate on your jeans.
    4. Avoid drying your black jeans in the dryer, as the heat and tumbling action can cause them to attract lint. Instead, hang your jeans to air dry.
    5. Store your black jeans in a lint-free place, such as a dresser drawer lined with a fabric that does not shed lint.
    6. If you do need to dry your black jeans in the dryer, add a dryer sheet to the load to help reduce static and lint.

    By following these tips, you can help prevent lint from sticking to your black jeans.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 03, 2023

    Clean both your washer and drier filters before they’re full

    Prevent fluff from floating around in your washing machine whilst you are washing clothes by giving loose lint the opportunity to filter out of the washing machine drum. This is the key to preventing lint on clothes you love.

    A build-up of fluff in washing machine filters can mean that the lint that comes off your clothes in the wash can’t filter out of the drum, leaving it to circulate with your clean clothes. A blocked filter can also potentially become a fire hazard, as it can cause the machine to heat to a higher temperature than it’s supposed to.

    Cleaning your washer or dryer’s filters before they get clogged should keep lint from sticking to your clothes, and generally keeps your machine running effectively and efficiently for longer.

    Wash garments prone to attracting lint inside out

    Give lint as little opportunity as possible to stick to the outside of your clothes by turning your clothes inside out before placing them in the washer or dryer. This means that any lint that does stick will hopefully be on the inside and therefore not visible to other people.

    Separate clothes based on colours

    Separating clothes into coloured batches will further reduce the visibility of lint on your clothes. The idea is that even if lint does stick to your clothes, separating from one item and clinging to another, it should be roughly the same colour as the item that it sticks to and therefore much less visible.

    Hand wash high lint items

    Separating clothes that are more likely to shed lint, or clothes that are more likely to attract and show lint and hand washing them instead is another option for helping reduce the likelihood of lint moving from one item to another. This is particularly useful with clothes that are very prone to shedding lint, like those made from wool and fine cotton.

    Wash high lint clothes on a gentle cycle

    Washing lint shedding clothes on a gentler cycle means the fibres of the fabric will be disturbed less, meaning they will shed less lint.

    Wash less often

    Decide if there are lint shedding clothes you can afford to wash less often. This also means their fibres will be disturbed less and you’ll probably find that washing your clothes less helps preserve them. If you’ve worn a jumper over a shirt, for example, you might not necessarily need to wash it and can save a batch of clothes from being covered in lint.

    Deep clean your washing machine with vinegar

    Fluff in washing machines can also be caused by a build up of lint in parts of the washing machine other than the filter. Running your washing machine on an empty cycle with a cup of white vinegar or washing machine cleaner will remove lint from every corner of the washing machine.